A new collection of makeup from Laura Mercier is always cause for excitement. Luckily, Belle Nouveau is a new, limited edition collection on makeup counters May & June.
Laura Mercier’s inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For Summer 2012, she invites you to escape to a dream world that explores creativity through colour, taking inspiration from Art Nouveau’s innovative spirit and painted posters. This poetic embrace of sugary happy tones in sheer textures sets the mood—soft but daring, playful yet romantic.
I tried three items from this collection, the shiny, Wanded Lip Glace in “Lotus Blossom” a Lip Print in “Nude Pink,” and the Sheer Creme Colour Copper Glow Veil, you can see from the photo that these are watercolor-soft pastels that will flatter just about every complexion. They’re soft, but not invisible.
As the press literature describes it:”The face is touched in clouds of colour that bring sophistication without strong definition. Highlights include sheer milky pastel eyes and translucent lips printed in colour. Skin is illuminated with a soft, healthy touch of bronzer and glow.”
The colors are a bit more subdued than in the photo. The Lotus Blossom Lip Glace, for example, is a much softer pastel that is more lavender than pink, and it smells amazingly of vanilla. The creamy (not shimmery) silky gloss is super-shiny and semi-opaque. It’s a lovely no makeup look. Wear it alone, or as a top coat over another pink or lavender-centric lipstick for shine.
Matte is an on-trend formula for lips. But Laura Mercier’s Lip Print in three limited edition shades is creamy, so it won’t dry out your lips. Instead of looking dry, it simply gives lips good color and a velvety (tranlated: not shiny but still soft), matte finish. The nude beige gives you the nude trend look, the nude coral, a soft version of the “citrus” trend so popular right now. But the Nude Pink makes most lips just look a bit pinker and more intense than they actually are. It’s a lovely, not-too-much makeup, look. It’s a great travel companion because it’s versatile. Wear it matte for day, then change it up and add a bit of glitz for a party or evening, with a shimmery gloss.
The Copper Glow Veil is much more shimmery and coppery than this photo shows. It is one of those versatile products that you can wear so many ways. I used this product super-sheer just as a highlight, but you can also layer it for more intensity, or use it all over your face for a deep glow. This automatically brings your complexion back to life after a long Winter!
Of course, you’re a Laura Mercier makeup fan and you’ll want the entire collection. Here’s the rundown:
|Sheer Crème Eye Colour
|Mauve Pastel, Grey Pastel, Aqua Pastel
|Crème Lip Print
|Nude Beige, Nude Coral, Nude Pink
|Camellia, Orange Tulip, Lotus Blossom
|Sheer Crème Colour
|Copper Glow Veil
|Body Bronzing Makeup
|Caviar Stick Eye Colour
|1 New Limited
|New Limited: Turquoise
|Long Lash Mascara
|1 New Limited
|New Limited: Bleu
To get your Belle Nouveau products from Laura Mercier visit your favorite Laura Mercier makeup counter or www.lauramercier.com
About Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Cosmetics is a global luxury line of Cosmetics, Skincare, Body & Bath and Fragrance. Founded in 1996, the Laura Mercier philosophy revolves around The Flawless Face- the concept that making skin look perfect is the first and foremost important thing a woman can do to achieve a great look. Laura believes that a flawless look begins with a fresh canvas, and each product has been specially developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, natural-looking complexion. Laura Mercier is an international brand sold in 26 countries. Key US retailers include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Sephora.